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WASHINGTON — The Miss Black USA Organization crowned St. Thomas native Akira Pickering as Miss Black USA Talented Teen 2018 at TheARC Theater in Washington, D.C. The event, which took place on Sunday, July 1, featured young women across the U.S. and the Virgin Islands. Pickering is a 16-year-old high school

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — John “Dah Rock” Jackson of St. Thomas “coulda been a contender” … as actor Marlon Brando famously said in the movie “On The Waterfront.” In fact Jackson still could be a contender … he’s less than 30 years old … and one of 16 contenders on the TV

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PROUD CHEF: Ralph Motta of St. Croix at the competition in Miami. In the photograph is Motta’s passion fruit pan-seared yellowtail snapper with sweet plantain purée, cilantro mash potato, cilantro lime shrimp, and scotch bonnet glaze with roasted coconut. MIAMI – Trinidad and Tobago is the Caribbean National Culinary Team of

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OBITUARY NOTICE: LEE VANTERPOOL OF ST. THOMAS. HE DIED IN GEORGIA AT AGE 76. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands has lost one of its premier broadcasting and media experts, said Governor Kenneth Mapp, who extended condolences to the family and many friends of Leon “Lee” Vanterpool. Known popularly as

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KENNY CHESNEY IN ST. JOHN  (Photo Credit: Allister Ann) CRUZ BAY — As a part-time resident of the Virgin Islands, Kenny Chesney announced that all proceeds from his new album, Songs for the Saints, will be donated to his own Love for Love City Fund dedicated to Virgin Islands disaster relief. The region is still recovering from

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ANN ARBOR — Pizza juggernaut Domino’s wants to fill potholes in the road like it fills your empty stomach. “Paving for Pizza” is a new initiative run by the chain to help cities and local governments repair aging and deteriorated roads. “Dear Mr McCarthy,” Domino’s Pizza wrote to the Virgin

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FREDERIKSTED — The theme “V.I. Agriculture Strong: Rebound, Rebuild, Regrow” resonated throughout the fairground of the Rudolph E. Schulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix during the 47th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair. The festivities kicked off on Saturday and will continue through Monday. Agrifest has become one of the territory’s

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SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON: KINIA BLYDEN CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The 2011 St. John Festival queen has been ordered to serve at least two years in prison for her role in a massive cocaine trafficking operation. The former beauty queen, Kinia Blyden, was one of a dozen people who

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WASHINGTON — The Congressional bill H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, includes an amendment that seeks to ban cockfighting in U.S. territories — including the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett says she is opposed to the measure. Cockfighting is now banned in all

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HARTFORD — Hip hop artist Kamaiyah was arrested today after state police say she unleashed a tirade with vulgar language at a trooper and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent going through security at Bradley International Airport. Kamaiyah Johnson, of Marina Delray, Calif., was charged with interfering with an officer and

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